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Filmmakers in Egypt are defying a largely conservative society with television series and movies that deal with modern relationships between men and women and the empowerment of the young.The golden age of Egyptian cinema starred fiery, determined women and love scenes that rivaled those of Western movies at the time.In the film "Balash Tebosni" (Kiss Me Not), young director Ahmed Amer makes fun of the taboo on passionate kisses in contemporary Egyptian cinema.In the "adults only" movie, Amer tries to shoot a kissing scene but the actress refuses to comply, stressing that she wants to become a more devout Muslim.The "film within a film" satirizes the dogged resistance of his starlet in what has become an increasingly puritanical society.Yasmin Raeis, who plays the actress, said she remembers how such scenes used to be "totally normal" in Egyptian movies she watched as a child.
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